Chat with Darryl Strawberry
Strawberry entered the Mets Hall of Fame in 2010.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, we bring in one of the biggest sluggers in New York Mets history when four-time World Series champion Darryl Strawberry stops by to chat.
After winning the 1983 Rookie of the Year, Strawberry went to eight straight All-Star games (seven with the Mets and one with the Dodgers). One of the most feared home run hitters of the 1980s, Strawberry hit 25 or more home runs in nine straight seasons to start his career. He led the National League in home runs in 1988 (39) and his 252 career homers as a Met is still a franchise record.
Strawberry is helping the Mets celebrate the 2013 MLB season as Mets tickets go on sale exclusively to Citi customers prior to being released to the public. The sale lasts from Monday through Wednesday.
Send your questions now and join Strawberry Monday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:00 PM)
Darryl is here!
How did you go about preparing for spring training?
Darryl Strawberry (2:01 PM)
The most important thing is going in and getting your work done. Focusing on your weaknesses from the last season and improving on that. Each year is different. To get better, you have to re-evaluate your season and the offseason and how your preparation gets you ready for the next year.
how glad are you to be working with the Mets today?
Darryl Strawberry (2:02 PM)
I've always been involved with the organization because of my history in New York. It's always a thrill to be a part of an organization that you've been successful with and win a championship with.
Do fans mostly recognize you as a Met?
Darryl Strawberry (2:03 PM)
Yes, they recognize me from playing in New York period. The Mets, Yankees. Some from LA. Being recognized from coast to coast is an honor.
Do you think you can put on a uniform for the next few years to help out the Mets, cause it's going to be ugly
Darryl Strawberry (2:04 PM)
I can't put the uniform back on, but I can encourage them. It's at the point where, even with the year that people think they might have, it's really determined by the young players they have. The guys they have coming up and the young pitchers, they have to work hard. Anything can happen. It's about the confidence you have in yourself and the team. They have to understand they're a team.
How different was it for you going from NYC to LA?
Darryl Strawberry (2:05 PM)
It was a different transition from one coast to the next. The East Coast people are very loud and passionate about the game. The West Coast is more known for the Hollywood stars and the great Lakers. They have true Dodgers fan, but the passion is a little different on the East Coast, because the expectations are higher.
What did it mean to you to get inducted into the Mets HOF?
Darryl Strawberry (2:06 PM)
When I was inducted it means I was truly appreciated for the accomplishments I had with the team. I was truly honored. It's a great feeling for anything that happens in New York. It's special when you play in New York for people to recognize what you've contributed.
As you progressed in your career, how did your thoughts on spring training change?
Darryl Strawberry (2:07 PM)
Yeah, you definitely change. You get older and wiser and you understand what spring training's for, it's to get your work in. Not to overdo anything. You get a chance to be in the sunshine and you get to work on everything. Back East and head North, it's going to be cold so you have to be ready. You have to get your body ready.
Where do you keep your World Series rings?
Darryl Strawberry (2:08 PM)
A safe, locked up!
Mike L. (Commack, N.Y.)
Hi Darryl,you are one of my favorite NY METS of all time. Power,speed and a cannon for an arm the total package. One question for you is How do you see the future young Mets as compared to the 86 Mets?
Darryl Strawberry (2:09 PM)
I see the future is bright, if they can stay healthy. Just learn to be consistent. If they can develop that coming into this year, it will make all of the difference in how they come along. Last year, they played consistently in the first half, but not the second. If they can learn to play the whole season, it doesn't matter if they win, just be consistent, that means they're headed in the right direction.
how big was it for you to make 8 straight all-star games?
Darryl Strawberry (2:10 PM)
Individual things are great but they're not more important than team. Team is the most important concept, whenever you put on a uniform. Each player will have stats and numbers, but if you don't win, it doesn't mean anything.
Rich (New Jersey)
Hi Darryl, Besides Shea Stadium what was your favorite ballpark to play and hit home runs in & which pitchers gave you the most trouble?
Darryl Strawberry (2:10 PM)
I had a quite few that I liked to hit in, because the ball would fly out of there. Philadelphia, Cincinnati, I really enjoyed. Montreal was one of my favorites, I don't know why, but I hit well there.
ted (cape cod)
If you could give advice to new manager of the Boston Red Sox what would it be?
Darryl Strawberry (2:12 PM)
I would say just keep a low profile. When you come to a place like that, the expectations are high and demanding. It's a lot easier if you keep yourself out of the headlines. Last year, Bobby Valentine had a tough time. He's a great guy, but there were a lot of things said. People are tough on you. That's the thing about playing in a big city.
Darryl you were my favorite player growing up and it is awesome to talk to you. I am still a dodgers fan because of your stint with the team. Do you have a homerun that sticks out as your favorite? I saw you hit the longest HR in Camden Yards history off the Ivy in centerfield to a chorus of DARRYL chants. That was fantastic!
Darryl Strawberry (2:12 PM)
Thanks. I appreciate that. That ball in Camden Yards and there was a hanging breaking ball in St. Louis I'll never forget.
Ray Stinger Jr (Pittsburgh)
Hi Darryl! Did the Darrr-yllll Darrr-ylll chants ever get on your nerves and which city was that chant the loudest?
Darryl Strawberry (2:13 PM)
No, I loved it. I used to tell them that means that everybody in the ballpark knows I'm here.
Les (East Windsor, NJ)
Take us through what was going on in your mind during the 10th inning of Game 6. Start with Carter's single to left.
Darryl Strawberry (2:14 PM)
There was a lot going through our minds. We had gone this far, but we still didn't give up. We knew one thing about that team that year and we didn't give up on a ball game. When he started the rally, we kept believing and it just unfolded.
Was the '98 title your proudest achievement?
Darryl Strawberry (2:14 PM)
I think all of the championships. Any time you win you have to be proud of. You never know when you'll get the opportunity to win another one.
Darryl Strawberry (2:15 PM)
I want to say to all of the fans and coming online. I wish you all the best and many blessings. Enjoy the baseball season!
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